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Harvey Play Questions and PreReading Notes

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Nineteen thought-provoking discussion/essay questions to answer while viewing or reading the play!

Harvey is a Pulitzer-Prize winning play and film about Harvey, a six foot, one inch rabbit who, presumably, is an imagined friend of main character, Elwood P. Dowd. A great comedy that lends to serious discussion about dysfunctional families while still portraying hijinks and miscommunication, the play is received well by most students. Included in this 4 page packet are teaching notes giving the background of the play, the author, a synopsis, and how to begin to explain themes portrayed in the play. Nineteen discussion and essay questions are included, with examples such as:

"If you were living with Elwood and his behavior was becoming disruptive to your routines, what would you do? Suppose there was a treatment for him that would prevent him from seeing Harvey and wouldn’t hurt him in any way. Would you ask that he undergo treatment? Why or why not?"

"Toward the end of the play, Dr. Chumley says he’s been swatting at flies while miracles lean on lampposts at the corner. What does he mean?"

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